Spring is in the air – especially in Southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. Chipeta Solar Springs Resort is the ideal base camp for outdoor adventures in this recreation-rich area that’s packed with action.
Here are seven reasons that now is a primo time to enjoy a Chipeta getaway.
#1–The Chipeta Spa
Your first stop should be for a treatment at the Chipeta Spa, book a signature treatment such as the Southwest Stone Massage. Utilizing all natural and local ingredients the Spa is at the heart of the central resort area ready to transport you towards ultimate relaxation. A soothing massage combined with a soak in the solar heated pools will be the perfect start to your trip. The Spa also features complimentary Yoga at 8:30 am.
#2–Divide Ranch & Club Golf
An award-winning 7,039-yard golf course at the foot of Colorado’s recreation-rich San Juan Range, Divide Ranch & Golf Club is located four miles from Ridgway. Golfers can tee off where the mountains meet the mesa, as juniper, pinion and ponderosa pine line the holes with Mount Sneffels rising to the south. For more information, call (970) 626-5284 or visit DivideRanchAndClub.com.
#3–Orvis Hot Springs
Offering seven different soaking areas ranging from 90 to112 degrees, Orvis Hot Springs is a natural mineral hot springs with four clothing-optional outdoor soaking areas for enjoying gorgeous San Juan Mountain views, Colorado sunshine and star-filled evening sky. More modest folks can relax in the indoor pool where bathing suits are required. Extend the bliss with a massage in one of the unique massage yurts. For more details, call (970) 626-5324 or visit OrvisHotSprings.com.
#4– Ridgway State Park Water Recreation
For whitewater rafting trips, fly fishing guide services, SUP, river tube rentals, photo tours and for just questions contact Rigs, the region’s finest fly & tackle shop. Located in Historic Downtown Ridgway, minutes from Ridgway State Park, near Telluride, Ouray, Montrose, and Silverton. Southwest Colorado Adventure trips in the prettiest part of the state. The latest reservoir rage is standup paddling boarding, with RIGS Adventures offering group and private lessons. For more scoop, visit FishRigs.com, call (970) 626-4460 or check out cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/ridgway.
#5- Ride a Complimentary Bike
Borrow a bike for the resorts complementary selection of mountain bikes and ride or walk the Uncompahgre river path down to Dennis Weaver Memorial Park. You’ll find bald eagles and an array of wildlife along this trail offering you a quick activity to enjoy outside with loved ones.
#6–Ridgway River Fest
Set for June 24, the 10th Annual Ridgway River Fest will hit the water and banks of the Uncompahgre River at Rollans Park in Ridgway. This popular outdoor festival focused on “Celebrating our Watershed” promised a full day of fun and healthy outdoor recreation while supporting the water quality studies, clean up projects and educational activities of the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership.
While all who attend enjoy a chance to wade in the eddy and along the riverbanks or play on watercraft in the middle of the river, the more competitive can test their skills in such river races as Junk of the Unc, Stand Up Paddle Board, Hard Shell Watercraft and Inflatables. Considered a highlight, the Whitewater Rodeo showcases local whitewater cowboys as they ride the standing waves. For details, visit RidgwayRiverFest.org.
#7–Ridgway Area Trails Hiking, Mountain Biking & Running
Hiking trails thrive within a few minutes drive from Ridgway within the San Juan Mountains – including Cimarron Wilderness and Mt. Sneffles, as well as surrounding BLM lands. Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) presents a series of interconnected trails in and around the town.
From Weaver Trail System and Angel Ridge Trails (both accessible from Town Park) to high Alpine routes such as the Dallas Trail, trekkers can sink their teeth into more than 40 miles of single track in what many refer to as some of the most beautiful and scenic trails in the country. For maps and further details, stop by the Ridgway Visitors Center at 150 Racecourse Road or visit RidgwayTrails.com.
#8–ATV, 4WD & Dirt Biking
From tough single track to scenic off-road byways crossing the San Juan Mountains, adventure seekers enjoy access to ample 4WD roads and trails for every level of driver or rider. Tackle it alone or opt a guide excursion led by diehards who love to share knowledge of the San Juan flora, fauna, and geology.
Operators include High Country 4×4 at the KOA (970-325-4736), Colorado West Jeep Tours (970-325-4014) and Switzerland of America (970-325-4484).
To book your spring Chipeta getaway, email firstname.lastname@example.org Or call (800) 633-5868 or